I am a Research Scientist
Henry A. Rowland Department of Physics and Astronomy
of The Johns Hopkins University
and I work with the
X-ray Laboratory of the
Astrophysics Science Division of the
Goddard Space Flight Center.
I work with data from
My interests lie primarily in the study of the hot Galactic ISM
using X-ray observations,
and I am particularly interested in isolating
and studying the hot Galactic halo.
Understanding the extent and nature of the hot Galactic halo
places constraints on models of galaxy formation
and will be crucial for studies of the Warm-Hot Intergalactic Medium.
In classical ISM studies, X-ray observations directly
address such active questions as the filling factor of hot gas.
Isolating the hot galactic halo requires
characterization of the Galactic foreground components
such as the Local Hot Bubble and the Galactic bulge
by a combination of absorption and broad-band photometric techniques.
The current generation of X-ray instruments makes possible
isolation of the various components by spectroscopic techniques,
given long exposures and accurate instrumental background calibration.
I am currently using a combination of Guest Observer observations
and archival data from Chandra and XMM-Newton
to study the Local Hot Bubble, the Galactic bulge,
and the Loop I superbubble in preparation for a large-scale study
of the Galactic halo.
In parallel, I am pursuing a study of the diffuse X-ray
emission in galaxies similar to the Milky Way
in order to constrain the amounts/types of emission
from various structural components; arms, bulge,
extended spheroid, etc..
This study has recently led to an excursion into
the HST optical identification of X-ray point sources
in M101 in order to determine the distribution of
sources among Low-Mass X-ray binaries, High-Mass X-ray binaries,
and background AGN.
The source matching software will be available here shortly
The SWCX modelling software will be available here shortly
- 20?? - present Research Scientist, JHU
- 2005 - 20?? Associate Research Scientist, JHU
- Spring 2009 UMCP Temporary Lecturer for ASTR421
- Fall 2006 UMCP Temporary Lecturer for ASTR421
- 2001 - 2005 Post Doctoral Fellow, JCA
- 1993 - 2000 Graduate Assistant, University of Maryland
- 1988 - 1993 Science Data Analyst, Space Telescope Science Institute
``The XMM Optical Monitor Catalogue''
K.D. Kuntz, M. Arida, I. Harrus, T. McGlynn, R.F. Mushotzky and S.L. Snowden,
2008, PASP, 120, 740
``The EPIC-MOS Particle Induced Background Spectrum''
K.D. Kuntz and S.L. Snowden, AA (2008), 478, 575
``The X-ray Emitting Components Toward L=111:
The Local Hot Bubble and Beyond''
K.D. Kuntz and S. L. Snowden, ApJ (2008), 674, 209
``The Optical Counterpart of M101 ULX-1''
K.D. Kuntz, Robert A. Gruendl, You-Hua Chu, Rosie C.-H. Chen,
Martin Still, Koji Mukai, and Richard F. Mushotzky,
ApJL (2005), 620, L31
``Diffuse X-ray Emission from M101''
K. D. Kuntz, S. L. Snowden, W.D. Pence, and K. Mukai, ApJ (2003), 588, 264
``On the Contribution of Unresolved Galactic Stars
to the Diffuse Soft X-ray Background''
K. D. Kuntz and S. L. Snowden, ApJ (2001), 554, 648
``X-Ray Constraints on the Warm-Hot Intergalactic Medium'',
K. D. Kuntz, S. L. Snowden, and R. F. Mushotzky,
ApJ (2001), 548, 119L
``Deconstructing the Spectrum of the Soft X-ray Background'',
K. D. Kuntz and S. L. Snowden,
ApJ (2000), 543, 195
``X-ray Shadows by High-Latitude Molecular Clouds I: Cartography'',
K. D. Kuntz, S. Snowden, and F. Verter,
ApJ, 484, 245
``Intermediate Velocity Gas in the North Galactic Hemisphere: HI
K. D. Kuntz and L. Danly, ApJ, 457, 703
``An Absorption Line Detection of the High Velocity Cloud Complex M''
L. Danly, C. E. Albert, and K. D. Kuntz, ApJ, 416, L29
``Far Sidelobe Contamination of the Bell Laboratories HI Survey''
K. D. Kuntz and L. Danly, PASP, 100, 1526.
``Observation of Solar Wind Charge Exchange Emission from Exospheric Material in and Outside Earth's Magnetosheath''
S.L. Snowden, M.R. Collier, T. Cravens, K.D. Kuntz, S.T. Lepri, I. Robertson, and L. Tomas,
2009, ApJ, 691, 372
``Chandra ACIS Survey of M33 (ChASeM33): A First Look''
P.P. Plucinsky et al., 2008, 174, 366-378
``A Catalogue of Galaxy Clusters Observed by XMM-Newton''
S.L. Snowden, R.F. Mushotzky, K.D. Kuntz and D. Davis,
2008, AA, 478, 615
``Suzaku Observations of the Local and Distant Hot ISM''
Randall K. Smith et al., 2007, PASJ 59, 141
``Discovery of X-ray Emission from Supernova 1970G with Chandra:
Filling the Void between Supernovae and Supernova Remnants'',
S. Immler and K.D. Kuntz, 2005, ApJ 632, L99
``The X-ray Properties of M101 ULX-1'',
K. Mukai and M. Still and R. H.D. Corbet and K.D. Kuntz and R. Barnard,
2005, ApJ, 634, 1085
``One-Up On L1: Can X-rays Provide Longer Advanced Warning
of Solar Wind Flux Enhancements Than Upstream Monitors?''
M.R. Collier, T.E. Moore, S.L. Snowden, K.D. Kuntz,
2004, AdSpR, 35, 2157
``G65.2+5.7: A Thermal Composite Supernova Remnant with a Cool
R. L. Shelton, K.D. Kuntz, and R. Petre, ApJ (2004), 615, 275
``Chandra Observations and Models of the Mixed-Morphology Supernova
Remnant W44: Global Trends'',
R. L. Shelton, K.D. Kuntz, and R. Petre, ApJ (2004), 611, 906
``XMM-Newton Observation of Solar Wind Charge Exchange Emission'',
S.L. Snowden, M.R. Collier, and K.D. Kuntz, ApJ (2004), 610, 1182
``Chandra Observation of Luminous and Ultraluminous X-Ray Binaries in M101'',
K. Mukai, W.D. Pence, S.L. SNowden, and K.D. Kuntz, ApJ (2003), 582, 184
``The X-ray Structure and Spectrum of the Pulsar Wind Nebular
Surrounding PSR B1853+01 in W44'',
R. Petre, K.D. Kuntz, and R.L. Shelton, ApJ (2002), 579, 404
``Chandra X-ray Sources in M101'',
W.D. Pence, S.L. Snowden, K. Mukai, and K.D. Kuntz, ApJ (2001), 561, 189
``Reconsidering the Identification of M101 Hypernova Remnant
S.L. Snowden, K. Mukai, W. Pence, and K.D. Kuntz, ApJ (2001), 121, 3001
``A Catalog of Soft X-Ray Shadows, and More Contemplation of the 1/4 keV
S. L. Snowden, M. J. Freyberg, K. D. Kuntz, and W. T. Sanders,
ApJS (2000), 128, 171
``Evidence that the z=3.4 radio galaxy B2 0902+34 may be a protogalaxy'',
Eales, S., Rawlings, S., Puxley, P., Rocca-Volmerange, B., &
Kuntz, K., Nature, 363, 140.
``Fast Spectroscopic Variations on Rapidly-Rotating, Cool Dwarfs 3:
Masses of Circumstellar Absorbing Clouds on AB Doradus'',
Cameron, A. C., Duncan, D. K., Ehrenfreund, P., Foing, B., Kuntz, K. D.,
Penston, M. V., Robinson, R. D., & Soderblom, D. R., MNRAS, 247, 415
Proceedings & Miscellany:
- ``Quantifying the Exospheric Component of Soft X-ray Emission''
K.D. Kuntz, M.R. Collier*, I Robertson, K. Hansen, S.L. Snowden,
and T. Cravens, 2007, AGU
- ``What Can We Learn about the Milky Way from M101'',
K.D. Kuntz, 2003, Proceedings of
``How Does the Galaxy Work?''
- ``The Galactic X-ray Halo'',
K.D. Kuntz, 2002, Proceedings of the 17th IAP Colloquium,
Gaseous Matter in Galaxies and Intergalactic Space,
R. Ferlet and Martin Lemoine, eds.
- ``The Formation of High-Ionization Species Associated with Intermediate
Danly, L., Albert, C. E., and Kuntz, K. D., in Proc. 3rd Annual
Maryland Astrophysics Conference, Back to the Galaxy, 1992, Verter, F., ed.
- ``The Disk-Halo Connection in the Milky Way: Highly Ionized Gas in the
Intermediate Velocity Arch'',
L. Danly and K. D. Kuntz, 1992, Proc. ESO/EIPC
Workshop, Star Forming Galaxies and Their Interstellar Medium, Franco, J., ed.
- ``The HVC/IVC Complex C II: Its Distance and Ionization'',
K. D. Kuntz and L. Danly, Proceedings of the IAU Colloquium #144, The
Disk-Halo Connection in Galaxies, H. Bloemen, editor; Leiden,
The Netherlands, 1990, p 17.
- ``Infalling Gas Toward the North Galactic Pole'',
K. D. Kuntz and L. Danly, 1989, BAAS, 21, 1123.
- ``The Old Goucher Historic District: A Walking Tour'',
K. D. Kuntz and Dr. Dr. L. M. Principe, 1997.
- ``A Plan for the Redevelopment of the Goucher Square Neighborhood
(South Charles Village)'',
K.D. Kuntz, 1993.
- This page
was last updated
1 January 2008.
- The border is a GIF file obtained through the
William Morris Society page.
- The header photo is me standing on the steps of my home of the last eleven years.
It was designed by Howard Cassell, and was built in 1887.
The facade is Beaver Dam marble,
the same stone of which the Washington Monument is built.
I am restoring this house to its original condition.